See How Easily You Can Change the World

by Michelle Acker on May 16, 2012

in LOVE in action,Thought Provoking

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I fall asleep to the sound of

a fan softly humming

in the safety of my temperature/humidity controlled house.

I wake to a softly chiming alarm from my phone,

and slip from the soft, clean sheets of my cozy bed.

Flip a switch and the early morning dark is filled with light.

I stumble into the shower,

where steamy hot water takes just a minute to appear.

Now, dressed, and slightly more awake,

I press a single button,

and wait what seems the longest minute ever

for the coffee machine to blink ready.

I insert a tiny, mess-free, plastic K-cup of coffee,

and wait for my mug to fill almost instantly.

I add deliciously flavored creamer,

and go start a load of laundry.

A minute of  so-called ‘work’,

and I have fresh clean clothes practically cleaning themselves.

I do the same with the dishwasher,

either unloading or loading,

depending on how lazy I was the night before.

Finally awake, I sit down with my steaming coffee

and open my favorite bible,

the one filled with photos of friends I met first

through the miracle of technology

 and memories of real life hugs,

and full of colored highlights and notes.


It’s 5:30 am.

I have just taken for granted more luxuries than many people will know in their entire lifetime.

I am guilty of this more days than I care to admit.  My children sometimes dream what it would be like “if we were rich” and I explain to them how wealthy we are compared to most of the world.  How blessed we are.  And still, I forget and take it all for granted all too often.

One of my favorite reminders is the Advent Conspiracy project my church does each Christmas.  I know it’s May, and far from Christmas right now, but if you’re not familiar with Advent Conspiracy, click here to take just a minute and watch their promo video. It’s eye-opening, I promise.

Lack of clean water kills more people today than ANYTHING.  By 5:30 am, I’ve already showered in, made coffee, done laundry, and washed dishes with clean water, all without even thinking about it.

Americans spend $450,000,000,000 each year on Christmas.  That’s $450 billion, and yet $20 billion is all that’s needed to solve the world’s clean water problem.  $38 a month is all it takes to sponsor a child through Compassion.  Do you see a problem with those numbers?

The phone I carry around in my pocket,

and misplace a thousand times a day…

it contains more resources and convenience

than some of the world will see in an entire lifetime.

  • What if you we bought just one less luxury today, tomorrow, this week… and donated the money to someone in need in your local area?
  • What if you we started planning for an Advent Conspiracy style Christmas now, so that we could give to projects that provide sustainable clean water wells to people who need it?
  • What if you we saved a little money, somewhere or other, and donated to sponsor a child like the one in this amazing post by The Nester?
  • What if you we donated the money to help have the bible translated into the language of someone who doesn’t have access to it in their own language?

What can you we do to shine light into the world?


Something to think about…


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